Recommendations made to Ontario’s chief medical officer, Dr. David Williams and the cabinet, by the provincial advisory tables, including the Public Health Action Table, are currently being kept confidential by the province, the press release said.
CBC News has asked the province to explain why a nondisclosure agreement was needed. A provincial spokesperson did not directly respond to the question in an email response.
“The terms of reference of the Table of Public Health Measures allow for frank discussions that ultimately lead to guidance and advice provided to the Chief Medical Officer of Health,” said spokesperson David Jensen. “Ultimately, a formal recommendation is made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and is reviewed and a decision made by Cabinet.
Premier Doug Ford was also questioned on the matter at the province’s daily press conference on Monday. Ford said his government had demonstrated “unprecedented transparency” – but did not explain why the non-disclosure agreement was necessary.
“I will continue to be transparent about everything I know,” Ford said.
“I will continue to come here every day to educate the people of Ontario. “
In a tweet posted Monday morning, Coun. Gord Perks called the situation “incredible.
“I just learned [that] In order to participate in the Ontario Public Health Action Table, Toronto Public Health staff had to sign an NDA. Why this secret? He asked.
538 new cases Monday
At the city’s press conference on Monday, the medical officer of health Dr Eileen de Villa said the city had registered 538 new cases today. City figures are generally more up to date than provincial data.
There are also 176 people in the hospital, de Villa said, with 42 people in intensive care.
“The number of cases in Toronto is alarming,” she said.
De Villa also said that with the high number of cases, it’s fair for people to question whether the “modified stage 2” restrictions enacted in Toronto have actually made a difference.
“I think they did,” she said, adding that case rates have dropped in some neighborhoods, especially in areas of downtown Toronto with a high density of bars and restaurants. . Without these measures, the case counts “would have been much worse,” said de Villa.
Also on Monday, the council approved recommendations calling on the provincial and federal governments to increase financial support to communities “disproportionately” affected by COVID-19, as well as to ensure paid sick leave for all workers and to provide more support to businesses and staff. directly affected by public health restrictions.
New data released Monday by Toronto Public Health continues to show higher rates of COVID-19 in parts of the city’s northwest corner.
For the week of October 25, Black Creek had a positivity rate of 14% and Rustic of 12.4%. Thorncliffe Park in the east of the city had an 11.8 percent positivity rate.
The data also showed an increasing spike in people aged 80 and over since the virus resurgence in late summer.